Yemeni Congregation for Reform

Published 23rd January, 2012

The Yemeni Congregation for Reform has also been known as the Islah, Al-Islah and Yemeni Alliance for Reform. It was established in September 1990 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and attracted support from the northern tribal regions. It describes itself as right wing and believes in Salafism, Islamism and Tribalism.

The party fought its first election in 1993 and won 46 of the 301 seats in the Assembly of Representatives. Having supported Ali Abdullah Saleh in the 1994 civil war, the party joined the government in October 1994.

In 1997 they dropped to 53 seats and dropped again in 2003 to 46 seats.

In 2001 the party decided to join the Co-ordination Council of Opposition Parties (CCOP).

The Yemeni Congregation for Reform is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and is believed to have links with Al Qaeda.

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